FEATURE: Christopher Eubanks

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I became vegan for a variety of reasons, but the heart of why I became vegan was because I no longer wanted to contribute to the suffering of innocent beings and I wanted my diet to have a positive impact on the environment. Before becoming vegan, I never fully grasped how my diet and actions contributed to suffering until I began to learn why and how animals are turned into food. Once I became educated about how consuming animals negatively impacts the environment, I no longer wanted to consume a diet that was harmful to the earth, harmful to innocent beings, and harmful to my spirit. When I realized I could have the same delicious foods I have always enjoyed but without any animal suffering, I not only changed my diet, I also adopted a vegan lifestyle. Not supporting animal cruelty doesn’t just stop with my diet, it extends into my way of life as I aspire to live a vegan lifestyle that aims to eliminate all forms of animal suffering which has inspired me to become a vegan activist. Whether attending animal vigils, giving animal rights lectures at universities, or creating content for my vegan YouTube channel I plan to always use my talents and skills to promote the message of veganism. We must remember that we are all animals and for us to end all forms of oppression and inequality we need to extend our circle of compassion to include all animals, both human and non-human and that is why I am vegan. 

Website: www.SoulEubanks.com
Instagram: soul_eubanks
Twitter: @soul_eubanks

FEATURE: Annika Lundkvist

When I became vegan in 2014 I felt like my glass was very full. I was all in immediately, incredibly thirsty for knowledge, and quickly aware of great resources all around me. I was, however, admittedly almost singularly focused on issues of consumption. I was not really aware of issues related to representation until later. Awareness about consumption issues is an absolute foundation layer for me as a vegan- getting familiarized with the issues driving this movement including the major motivators of animal rights, sustainability and environmental health, as well as human health. But getting into issues of representation became a finer, still essential, point to me, particularly as both a minority and a producer of visual content myself. I became aware of who I was depicting in my work and being more conscious of representing that diversity that frankly I've been seeking to cultivate as a hallmark of my overall photographic style that represents me best as well.

I look forward to more conversations on these themes, both personally and professionally. Veganism is a way of life for me and definitely informs the work I do.

Make sure to check out my website where you can find my work: http://veganforallseasons.com/.

Annika has recently released an interview series about vegan pregnancy, parenthood, and childhood. Check out her interview series HERE

FEATURE: Ebony McCormick

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My name is Ebony McCormick. I am from the sunshine state, Jacksonville, Fl and I am the owner of the Healthy Dining App. I entered into a healthier lifestyle in 2017, after participating in a seven day vegan challenge. In those seven days I saw a change in my energy, as well as consciousness. Needless to say I found myself becoming more aware of certain things. Although I was enjoying my new diet some of the obstacles I faced were finding local vegan/vegetarian restaurants and individuals with similar dining preferences. Thats when I had my AH-HA moment; HEALTHY DINING! I thought that it would be extremely beneficial to humanity if there was an app that could locate healthier dining options in your area as well as provide a platform where individuals with similar dining preferences could communicate. 

     Healthy Dining is a mobile app that allows individuals who are vegan, vegetarian (or individuals who are interested in embarking a healthier lifestyle) connect for dining and networking purposes. Healthy Dining provides a convenient and natural way for users to find other users with similar dining preferences. This app allows users to search for local vegan/vegetarian restaurants as well as share recipes, provide support, find a match, and even schedule a date right from the app. Healthy Dining is designed around the idea that no vegan needs to dine alone. Whether you want to find a local spot or dine with a fellow vegan, THIS APP IS FOR YOU! Just search “Healthy Dining” in your App Store to download TODAY:)

     I love the fact that your page promotes health and wellness as well as visionaries and entrepreneurs united. Positivity, motivation, and educating is what drives me.

www.healthydiningapp.com | website

@healthydiningapp | social media

healthydiningapp@gmail.com | email

FEATURE: Naomi Israel

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Diverse Vegan (est. 2018, Morocco), is a global online community platform that welcomes all of those who seek an unbiased approach towards understanding veganism while sharing ideas and building a community.

As an American woman born in the city of Chicago; Diverse Vegan was created by Naomi Israel, a Chicago native. The idea behind Diverse Vegan is to engage with everyone from all backgrounds, races, various personal identities and eating lifestyle preferences.

Diverse Vegan is aspiring to become a community that is as diverse as the adjective entails. They aim to focus on providing resources for topics relating to health and fitness, wellness, nutrition, travel, mindfulness, mental and spiritual health, and more!

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Diverse Vegan is not interested in converting anyone to the veganism lifestyle. In fact, they would love for community members to say, "I am a Diverse Vegan, not because of what I'm eating, but because of the resources offered that have changed my viewpoints on the way I see my life and the decisions I make for not only my health, but for the planet.”

So, whether you're vegan, a part-time vegan, vegetarian, curious about the vegan lifestyle or simply searching for healthier alternatives for your overall wellbeing, Diverse Vegan has you covered.

They encourage everyone to not only follow and support, but to actively be engaged.

Social Media

Facebook: Diverse Vegan

Instagram: @diversevegan

FEATURE: Kimberly B.

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With all the information out there about the benefits of eating a plant-based diet, why wouldn’t I go vegan?

It’s a well known fact that African Americans experience the highest rates of preventable, diet-related chronic illnesses in the U.S. So as a Black woman, I knew I couldn’t keep doing that same things and expecting to not be in that number. Figuring out how to nourish my body in a way that brought to it healing was paramount.

Hypertension and diabetes are all too common in my household. So something had to give.

I set my intention December 2016 to be plant-based at some point in the near future. But honestly, I didn’t take major action toward that end until late the following year.

Something happened while I was preparing a hen for dinner one evening, and I would never be the same. While I was seasoning the bird, seeing the arms, the neck and the legs in front of me...I swelled up with emotion. For the first time I felt as if I was responsible. I felt as if I’d killed this bird with my own hands.

I tried for a few weeks thereafter to cut meat out. But soon, my overall mindset changed. I was no longer accepting that consuming animals on a daily basis was the norm. I mean, think about it, how can we expect to eat dead things and continue to have a living and thriving body? It just didn’t make sense.

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Since my transition, I’ve learned so much about the negative impact that meat production is having on our environment—that is, being the largest contributor to climate change. And frankly, it’s unacceptable. I know without a doubt that we all must be a part of this change if we want to keep living on this planet.

As a Black vegan, I’ve taken responsibility not only for fighting for the rights of animals, but for the protection and ethical treatment of all beings. And I invite my non-Black vegans to do the same. If all lives matter, then fight for all lives equally—even more so for those whose lives are taken frivolously and negatively impacted by systemic injustices. Fight for those whose voices and rights are suppressed.

Social Media

Instagram: @MightBVegan

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/veganthisnotthat/

Website: https://mightbevegan.co/

FEATURE: Sandra Maestas

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Becoming plant-based has been the best decision I have made for myself and my health. Being plant-based has helped my health and my overall mindset tremendously. I have always suffered from bad acne, depression, and candida. Within two months of being vegan/plant-based, my face started to clear up. My attitude and self-esteem was the highest it had ever been. The candida never came back.

People ask me all the time, how can you be Haitian and be vegan? I tell them, health and a love for all beings has no race no ethnicity. I didn’t become vegan for anyone else other than myself. To be honest, it was a challenge considering I had people tell me I wouldn’t last - it was just a phase. However, I’m coming up on my third year of being vegan in February 2018 and I couldn’t be happier. I started my own business Cookin’Kiddos to show kids and their parents you can still enjoy all your favorites but in a more healthy and ethical way!

Social Media

Facebook: @cookinkiddos

Instagram: @cookinkiddos

FEATURE: Renee Winters

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My journey to veganism started about thirty years ago. I remember being very aware of how food made me feel. I realized that certain foods would slow me down or make me feel congested. So I started removing various foods from my diet and saw an immediate improvement in how I felt. I hadn’t committed to vegetarianism, but was starting to realize the food- body-mind connection. While studying in Syracuse, I became involved with PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). This really gave me a different perspective on the meat and food industry. I decided at this point to become a vegetarian. I immediately began to feel the difference in my mind, body and spirit.

I was a pesco-vegetarian for many years. The option of eating fish on occasions really seemed to work for me. However, in 2011, I reached a milestone and decided to stop eating fish. This really helped to free me and led me to where I currently am as a vegan. Along the way, there were some twists and turns with dairy, but it has only made me stronger and a more committed vegan. Once dairy was completely removed, I have never looked back.

Being a vegan has given me clarity of vision, freedom of spirit, and a love for all living beings. I have always been an active individual, however, being a vegan has brought me to new levels of energy. For my 50th birthday, I decided to compete in a bikini competition. It was amazing. I love being fit and feeling energized! Every day, I want to inspire others with the importance of positive thinking and staying physically active. I find that positivity, setting goals and smashing them is the only way to truly experience life.

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I want to help spread the word about the value of a plant based diet to everyone, but specifically those within the African American community. We are suffering from high mortality rates and startling obesity percentages. As a people, we are also plagued by the societal issues of racism and injustice. Unfortunately, these outward racial injustices have plagued us for centuries, but in order to be “battle ready,” we must take time to fortify and strengthen ourselves…not just mentally, but physically. As a people, we must incorporate and spread the message about a plant based lifestyle. This will strengthen our minds and spirits. As the VeganSoulSista, I work to be a part of the solution for our community, as we free ourselves from a history of oppression and self-hatred. My journey as a vegan continues every day.

IG: Vegansoulsista

FB: Vegansoulsista

Website: www.vegansoulsista.com

Fitness trainer, plant based educator and online wellness coach

Available for speaking engagements-email or DM me.

FEATURE: Topaz Hooper

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I’m Topaz and I’m a plant-based vegan. I started my vegan journey in 2016 when I attended my local vegfest and watched a horrible documentary on animal cruelty. After that event, I couldn’t look at meat the same. I was already a vegetarian at that time but with the enlightening news that milk, cheese, and eggs are just as abusive to animals as meat production, I knew I had to get rid of them too.

I stay vegan because of the health and justice implications. I see eating cheese, milk and eggs as a related to feminist issues. When we rape and impregnate female cows for milk, I see that as equally destructive as the rap and impregnation of female humans. I like to see the intersections of these issues. I am a deep believer of collective liberation: the idea that we are not free until ALL of us are free. The same goes for my health. I see living a plant-based vegan lifestyle as a logical step towards extending my life expectancy as a Black American woman. The black community often suffers from illnesses and diseases that are brought on by our current American diet and easily preventable (and sometimes treatable) with a plant-based diet. My 99 year old grandmother is my inspiration. I’d love to make it 100 years old and live a life that is fulfilled, free of cruelty, and plant based.

If you too are interested in the intersections of feminism, food and justice, follow me on:

Instagram @AfroFeministaVegan1

Facebook Afro FeministaVegan  

Official Website, www.Afrofeministavegan.com.